Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 5:02pm

Almost every time I ask someone how they are doing during this gloomy, midterm-filled week, they respond with “tired.” This response bothers me because it is hard to respond to and it is often said to prove how hard people are working. I am sympathetic because hard work has become a tool not only for individuals to satisfy their own guilt and anxieties, but also because it is a prerequisite for high social status in the pseudo-meritocracy we are being groomed to join. However, blame for this toxic culture does not fall onto the individuals that feed it.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 4:57pm

This year’s most important bill for the future of work passed in California in September, and we should all take note. The law — Assembly Bill 5 — sets a new definition for what it means to be an employee, and it is the most direct legislative affront to the so-called “gig economy” yet. AB5 sends the right message, but it now seems too late.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:10pm

If you have followed the news the last couple weeks, you have seen loads of articles predicting economic Armageddon. It is possible the media’s hysteria may have tangible negative economic impacts, but I am sufficiently stressed, so I will join the chorus. A brief disclaimer: All of this terror is preemptive. Economic trends can change, and if they do, this article and the anxiety that bred it would be rendered moot.

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 8:40pm
Yvonne Navarrete

When Public Policy senior Yvonne Navarrete described her freshman year, she said, “I didn’t belong in any space.”

That is no longer true, for her or other Latinx and undocumented students. When Navarrete graduates this spring, she will leave a powerful legacy of spaces she has built and institutionalized.

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 3:55pm

On April 9, in response to demands from climate activists for the University of Michigan to divest from fossil fuels, University President Mark Schlissel gave his interpretation of the University’s divestment policy at a carbon neutrality public session: “Essentially, we don’t divest … If we begin the process of narrowing what the endowment can invest in, based on very valid arguments and concerns from sincere people,

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 1:10pm

The 2020 Democratic primary has been defined by a number of litmus tests. Many of the candidates in the progressive wing of the party, including Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and others have been pushed to prove their progressive merits by stating their support for key progressive policies or process measures.

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 5:11pm

There is a disconnect on climate change between Democratic voters’ priorities and the attention it is given on a national level. According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, voters ranked the environment as their third most important issue.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 4:20pm

Most know the dangers climate change poses to both our present and future, but I will give a refresher. We are already experiencing its impacts.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:58pm

I came to the University of Michigan understanding what it means “to grind.” Stuyvesant High School, my high school in New York City, was a notorious pressure cooker where, per The New York Times, “The social currency is academic achievement.” Students would brag about pulling all-nighters, there was constant analysis of everyone’s GPA and a joke among teachers was that the Stuyvesant cheer was, “What’d ya get?”

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 4:34pm

Since Michigan education lobbyist Betsy Devos’ appointment as secretary of education, the sorry state of public education in Michigan has been well documented. According to the National Assessment of Education Progress, Michigan students have seen the lowest proficiency growth on standardized test scores of any state in the country.